We are hoping that Newcastle will be signing some good players in January and with the experience we have had of signing players from the continent – it’s obvious it takes time for them to settle into the side and start to play well for the Magpies.
Newcastle seem to be turning more towards signing English players and they will be able to produce the goods more quickly and that’s what we need in January if we are to start climbing the league and not have the second half of the season fighting relegation – yet again.
Sam Byram – 22 year-old Leeds right back
A top English defender we have been linked with in the past is 22 year-old right back Sam Byram of Leeds United and his contract runs out in the summer and so far he has stubbornly refused to sign a new deal to stay at Leeds.
He was left out of the Leeds side over the weekend with new manager Steve Evans saying it was a tactical move but the club are getting concerned he will become a free agent in the summer and leave the club.
Leeds will be due compensation if he leaves because he’s under 24 and he has came through the Leeds Youth Academy – and his contract situation is one reason Newcastle could be interested in signing him in the January transfer window.
We may need to strengthen at right back if the rumors about Daryl Janmaat wanting to move on in the summer are true and in any case we should be trying to strengthen the squad all over the pitch if we really want to win something in the next season or two.
Last summer Liverpool and Sunderland were also interested in the youngster, who over the last four seasons has played 134 times for Leeds with 7 goals and 11 assists.
The fee quoted has always been high for the young Englishman – it was said to be £8M a year ago and seems the same this year, with all three clubs unwilling to pay that amount for a player who is untested at the highest level.
Sam plays in the style of Real Madrid and former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and is comfortable playing at full back or out on the right wing.
£5M would seem to be a reasonable price for the 6 ft tall Sam Byram.
What do you think?